The Naval Reserve award is a decoration of the United States Navy which was created by order of Secretary of the Navy James Paulding.
The medal was first issued on September 12, 1938 and was an active decoration until 1958.
On September 12, 1958, the Naval Reserve Medal was declared discontinued and was replaced by the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
The Naval Reserve Medal was awarded to any member of the United States Naval Reserve, the associated National Naval Volunteers, and local Naval militia units.
To be awarded the decoration, a service member was required to perform ten years of continuous service in one of the aforementioned components in either an active duty, drilling reservist, or inactive status.
Additional decorations of the Naval Reserve Medal were denoted by service stars. The United States Marine Corps equivalent to the decoration was the Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon.